Take a walk on the wild wide at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, a rare fragment of East Anglian fenland and the National Trust’s first nature reserve.
Offering a window onto a largely lost landscape, this short family-friendly trail will lead you through reedbeds, open water and wet grassland. Don’t worry, you won’t need to get your feet wet!
Look out for dragonflies in the summer, the black wind-pump with its white sails, and the National Trust’s herds of sturdy highland cattle and Konik ponies grazing the grassland.
The fen is a haven for wildlife. Binoculars will help with spotting some of its feathered visitors: lapwing, snipe, teal, redshank, wigeon, heron, marsh harrier, buzzard, and barn owl are just some of the birds you might see here. There are also over 4,000 insect species.
Pop into the visitor centre before you set off to find out more about the wildlife and the history of this special place, and about the Wicken Fen Vision – the Trust’s 100-year plan to create a diverse landscape for wildlife and people over 20 square miles.
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